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Lasers & Sources

Andreas Tünnermann: High-power fiber lasers for manufacturing, energy and health

The dynamic research of the Fraunhofer Institute aims to address challenges in diverse fields, enabled by laser solutions.

29 July 2013, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201307.04

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Andreas Tünnermann received the diploma and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Hannover in 1988 and 1992, respectively. His Ph.D. work was focused on nonlinear processes and the interaction of high-intensity laser sources with matter for the generation of short-wavelength lasers. In 1997 he recieved the habilitation for his work on ultrastable light sources for interferometric gravitational-wave detectors.

He was head of the department of development at the Laser Zentrum Hannover from 1992 to 1997. In 1994 he became the national scientific coordinator for the topic of diode-pumped solid-state lasers within the LASER 2000 programme. In the beginning of 1998 he joined the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena as a Professor and Director of the Institute of Applied Physics.

In 2003 Tünnermann became the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena. He leads one of the most creative and productive research groups in modern optics and photonics worldwide. His main research interests include scientific and technical aspects associated with the tailoring of light. Research topics are the design and manufacturing of novel passive and active photonic devices and their application for generation, amplification, steering and switching of light -- with a strong foundation in laser physics.

He is a stakeholder of the European Photonics 21 platform and member of the board of the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Lasertechnik. He is consultant for the German Ministry of Education and Research as a member of the optical technologies program board, and serves as a member of the steering committee of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees for diverse institutions of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. Tünnermann has been a Member of the Supervisory Board at Jenoptik AG since June 2007 and serves as a member of its Scientific Advisory Council.